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Jul
16
by The Tool Jury

BBC DIY SOS - The Big Build, Loughborough

16-07-2015 05:27 - by The Tool Jury

 

The trade can and does make a huge difference to people’s lives. 

Recently, The Tool Jury, an independent panel of tradesmen on the Stanley forum, alongside other forum members, their friends, and many other local trades – offered their time, skills and labour to help transform the home of a family in Loughborough, featured in the BBC One series 'DIY SOS: The Big Build'.

Over just 9 days, a host of tradesmen and women joined presenter Nick Knowles and his team, all with the focus of improving the lives of the Corns family.  

Kenny Burgess, a member of The Tool Jury, talks about his first day on location…

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May
15
by The Tool Jury

The STANLEY® FatMax® Pro High Velocity Hammer

15-05-2015 00:00 - by The Tool Jury

 

Hi, I'm Nigel Durbridge, carpenter, builder and member of the Stanley Tool Jury.  I take on all aspects of building - extensions, repairs, kitchens and bathrooms. Later this year will be my extension, but like most builders there's never enough time to work on our own houses. 

I joined the Tool Jury at the beginning. I feel lucky and privileged to have been selected.  The Tool Jury is that chance to be heard, influence future design and put forward constructive criticism of products.  

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Feb
04
by The Tool Jury

Life in the Tool Jury

04-02-2015 10:03 - by The Tool Jury

 

My name is John Moore, and I have been self-employed covering most areas of carpentry/joinery and furniture making for around 10 years.  Prior to this, I was on the books for a couple of companies for around the same amount of time.

In 2011 Stanley set up an impartial panel of Britain’s tradesmen to assist in testing new tools and to help in the development of new products – The Tool Jury.  I have always used Stanley tools as most tradesmen do, and had left several reviews on stanleytools.co.uk as part of the “Rated by Real Pros” campaign. As a result of my reviews and trade experience, I was asked if I would be interested in joining a more permanent panel, and after a couple of rounds of interview I was lucky enough to be asked to join the Tool Jury.

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Mar
21
by Mat Burke

Hammertime!

21-03-2014 11:25 - by Mat Burke

 

Despite the increase in popularity of nail guns, the traditional nailing hammer still forms one of the most used parts of any tradesman’s arsenal of tools.

And Just as nailer technology has improved from compressor driven, to cordless gas and more recently to brushless cordless – so the hammer has evolved from hickory, through fibreglass and one piece forgings to ultra modern, high-tech, high-velocity nail killers.

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Jul
08
by Mat Burke

ToolFest 2013

08-07-2013 16:31 - by Mat Burke

 

So who are we going to bump into at ToolFest 2013 on Friday?

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Jan
04
by Mat Burke

CHARITY BEGINS...AT WORK!

04-01-2013 16:56 - by Mat Burke

 

It's 2013 and for some ridiculous reason, we've decided to start the year off with a whole heap of back breaking work. The Christmas turkey has not even been polished off, we're all feeling particularly inactive and sloth like and yet next week sees the start of our mammoth 72 hour Charity Build project!

On the 9th, 10th and 11th of January our more-than-capable Tool Jury, along with a team of less-than-willing Stanley labourers will be attempting to turn this abandoned section of our Northampton DC into a fully functioning meeting room in just 72 hours. That's a whole bunch of building, painting, scraping, flooring, wiring and tea making in quite a short space of time!

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You might be reading this thinking.....'Why?'' and the answer is of course....Charity. As our relationship with tradesmen and women continues to grow and blossom, we decided that it was about time we gave a little something back. If the build gets completed in time, then the generous Stanley purse string guardians have agreed to donate the Princely sum of £10'000 to a charity very close to our hearts, The Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund - a construction industry charity dedicated to giving financial support to families that have lost their breadwinners income through illness, injury or death. Check them out at www.lighthouseclub.org  A worthy cause, I think you'll agree.

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Of course, it's not going to be an easy task, but we'll give it a crack anyway. With a bit of luck, we'll have a chunk of videos ready to post on Friday to show you all how we got on and to show you what the final result is, hopefully, we'll be able to get some live updates going too while we're hard at work.

Jul
27
by Mat Burke

The saw that won't make you cry...!

27-07-2012 13:34 - by Mat Burke

 

The world of hand tools has changed a lot over the past 50 years or so. Advances in manufacturing and materials has prompted a change in the way that professionals and DIYers alike buy and use their tools. In years gone by tools were an investment piece that would be cherished and looked after and passed on from one generation to the next. Planes and chisels were polished, sharpened and honed. Ratchets, stripped, cleaned and oiled and tape measures cleaned and if needed, the blade would be replaced.

Nowadays, people’s attitudes to buying and using  tools is very much in line with the throwaway society. Of course, there will always be traditionalists and professionals that invest in the best that the market has to offer and are reliant on the best tool to get the best result. In contrast, a new breed of professionals and DIYers alike now see tools like disposable consumables, to be used abused and then skipped.  

At Stanley, we pride ourselves on our quality, innovation and manufacturing skills and produce tools to the highest quality and specifications. But we also pride ourselves on being in touch with the demands of our end users. To this end we produce a range of products at a range of quality and price points to suit all needs and expectations. As a point in case, at Stanley, we are renowned for producing excellent quality saws. The JetCut, now known FatMax, has a devoted following that love the product for its superb cutting performance, durability and comfort but as a higher price point product a lot of folks see it as too rich, especially if they’re only using it occasionally or making quick rough cuts through timbers that might contain the odd nail. To this end we have recently launched the new Stanley SharpCut saw which we’ve developed to give users a compromise between quality and price. It’s a hard point universal saw with a comfortable bi-material handle that cuts nicely through a range of materials and thanks to the induction hardened teeth, will last well. The best bit though, is that the SharpCut saws are available at a price that won’t break the bank and certainly won’t make you cry if you do snag a nail on the way through a piece of timber......

May
02
by Mat Burke

The Toughest Spirit Levels on the Market?

02-05-2012 13:28 - by Mat Burke

 
Spirit levels are an essential for pretty much every trade and despite being precision instruments - it never surprises me how much stick they take on site. They get dropped, trodden on, buried and even used as makeshift floats...

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